St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Women of St. Stephen's
The Woman's Forum | United Thank Offering | Trips and Tours | May Fair House | Grants | Board Members | Volunteer Opportunities
Women often ask, “How do I join the Women of St. Stephen’s?” The answer is that as a member of St. Stephen's, you are one of us and you have available to you a number of opportunities for ministry. During the year from October to May, the Women of St. Stephen's (our parish chapter of the Episcopal Church Women) sponsor The Woman’s Forum. These meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month and you and your friends are cordially invited to attend (including men). In addition to the fun, fellowship and education of the Forum, there are numerous volunteer possibilities through the Women of St. Stephen's.
The United Thank Offering distributes grants to local, diocesan, national and international recipients using the collective offerings of individuals throughout the Episcopal Church. The small blue offering boxes enable a spiritual discipline of giving thanks to God through the tangible symbol of coins or bills placed in the box. You can pick up a box near Information Central in the parish house and place it wherever you will remember to give thanks for your blessings, such as a desk, dining table, bedside or windowsill. Twice a year--once in spring, once in fall--there is an ingathering of these offerings during worship services. The Women of St. Stephen's send these collective offerings to the diocesan Episcopal Church Women, and from there, our diocesan offering is combined with those of other dioceses. Read more about UTO here. Read a news release about 2013 United Thank Offering grants here.
Dates for UTO ingatherings in 2013 are TBA.
The Women of St. Stephen's award grants with the proceeds from May Fair House sales and trips and tours. The grant application deadline for 2013 has passed. (The grant application may be downloaded here or viewed here, for your reference.)
A list of grants awarded by the Women of St. Stephen's in 2013, totalling over $30,000, is available here.
The Woman's Forum
Programs take place on the first Tuesday of the month (October-May, with a break in January). No registration is required and all are welcome--women, men, members, guests, friends. A schedule of programs for 2013-14 will be available later this summer.
Trips and Tours
The Women of St. Stephen's sponsor trips and tours to provide opportunities for fellowship as well as to raise additional funds for their outreach grants. The next trip will be to Boston in October 2013. You may download and print a brochure here.
May Fair House--282-3004The Women of St. Stephen's run the May Fair House, a gift shop, whose proceeds fund outreach grants made by the organization. Shop hours are 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, October through May. Read more about May Fair House here.
The Women of St. Stephen's produce a brochure each year listing volunteer opportunities and the contact people for each; speakers for the monthly Woman’s Forum; and other information. Copies are mailed to all women who are members of St. Stephen's. Additional copies are available at Information Central and outside the May Fair House. The brochure will be available in early fall.
The Women of St. Stephen's also send occasional email blasts. You can sign up for these at the bottom of this page.
President: Eleanor Washburn
1st Vice President: Linda Horsley
2nd Vice President: Jan Orgain
Recording Secretary: Ellen Armstrong
Corresponding Secretary: Kay Clary
Treasurer: Barbara Cone
Assistant Treasurer: Leslie Brockman
A wide array of volunteer opportunities are available through the Women of St. Stephen's. For descriptions of these opportunities, follow this link.
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